REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached after residents fell victim to stray voltage from a local Edison substation.
The substation sits right next to Knob Hill, a neighborhood in Redondo Beach. For years, residents have reported incidents of being shocked, as well as sickness, caused by electromagnetic fields which are generated by the power lines.
Simona Wilson filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison after suffering from low-voltage electrocution due to her shower-head becoming electrically charged. Her home’s gas line was reportedly also carrying a charge.
Wilson, who lived in the home for four years, ended up in the emergency room on numerous occasions, and the electrocution has caused nerve damage. A jury ruled in her favor, and Wilson was awarded $4.05 million for her damages.
Residents had reportedly been buying homes in the area for 30 years, with no knowledge of stray voltage in the houses.
Edison released a statement disagreeing with the verdict.
“…it is disappointed in the conclusions reached by the jury and believes that the outcome is inconsistent with the totality of the evidence presented at the trial.”
The investigation of the neighborhood to see the extent of danger to other homes is still underway.